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This article deals with the concept of âfriendshipâ. We still carry with us a rather elevated style of speech and romantic notions on friendship that can be traced back to both Aristotleâs ideas on friendship and the emotional and romantic language that increased during Romanticism. Aristotle differentiated between friendship for lust and pleasure, friendship for benefit and utility, and the good friendship which can be seen as the most elevated kind of friendship. Does this influence limit how we think of and practice friendships today? How is friendship experienced among children and youth today, and are contemporary arenas, like the internet, of importance for entering and exploring friendships and interpersonal relations? Are there new and perhaps extended limits for how intimacy can be explored within frames of friendships? The article seeks to shed light on the fact that friendships also imply power, inclusion, exclusion, experiences of not only joy, but also loss and fraud. The article ends up by posing new questions on the concept of friendship. The author argues that friendships may be studied as processes and production of subjectivity where people engage in relations that will not fit into Aristotelian and Romantic ideas of friendship, but that nevertheless satisfy new forms of friendship in late modernity.

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Vennskap, relasjoner, intimitet, ungdom, kjønn, etnisitet



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ISSN 2387-6727

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